It’s time to rediscover Booker T. Washington, says Kenneth M. Hamilton, author of Booker T. Washington in American Memory.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Hamilton explains why Washington was the most important and influential African American of his time, why so many people mourned his death, why his reputation recently has fallen on hard times–and how we may need his message now more than ever.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to ‘Face the Nation’ host John Dickerson admitting the media are responsible for their own credibility problem by getting things wrong and engaging in “hysterical” coverage.  They also groan as the nation’s largest gathering of conservatives gives the highest-profile speaking slot to Milo Yiannopoulos before rescinding it in a swirl of controversy.  And they examine C-SPAN’s rankings of all former presidents and find several curious decisions.

It’s another very special episode of HWX, with Brian Ward and Paul Happe discussing the critical issues of our times.   Topics addressed include:

*  Sean Spicer and Stephen Miller press relations – is it the end of the modern media as we know it?

“These are the times that try men’s souls,” wrote Thomas Paine over two centuries before Chuck Schumer or Nancy Pelosi began trying the soul of an entire nation. Our own Dave Carter was feeling especially soulful after some news events last week, and decided to voice his thoughts on a special edition of Radio Deplorable. The resulting podcast was written, produced, edited, mixed, sliced and diced by Dave, leading us to suspect that he missed his calling. Asked to comment, he says, “I’m not sure what that calling was, but I agree that I probably missed it.” We think you’ll find the ensuing 10 minutes enjoyable.

James Kirchick is the author of an important new book: “The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age.” He and Jay talk it over: the nationalist-authoritarians and their “pope,” Vladimir Putin; Madame Le Pen in France; the role of Germany; the importance of Ukraine.

Is Greece a goner? Is the EU anything but a menace? What about the Americans?

Conservatives are united in praise of Neil Gorsuch, but what do those terms – originalism, textualism, and so forth – really mean? Ed Whelan, former Scalia clerk and president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, joins to explain all.

Jay and Mona then chew over President Trump’s week. Flynn, Conway, nuclear holocaust, anti-Semitism, Electoral College tallies, truth, lies, and the rock ’em sock ’em press conference. Other topics include Down syndrome, and the courage and love of parents.

This week, our pal and former colleague Mollie Hemingway sits in and fortuitously, there’s a ton of media stories to discuss, starting with the President’s epic press conference. Later, NewsMax CEO and Presidential BFF Chris Ruddy joins to give us his insider POV of the machinations of White House staff. Then another old colleague, author and musician James Poulos stops by to discuss why he’s intent on making Tocqueville great again with his new book The Art of Being Free: How Alexis de Tocqueville Can Save Us from Ourselves.  Also, some thoughts on the Deep State, a phrase that has suddenly come back into the zeitgeist.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss reports that intelligence officials and the FBI have not found any criminal activity thus far by Mike Flynn after reviewing transcripts of his call to Russia and testimony to the FBI.  They also react to Thursday’s high-octane press conference as Trump and the media clashed again.  And they rub their hands with glee as Ted Nugent says he’s considering a run for Michigan’s U.S. Senate seat.


Senator James Lankford (R- OK) has issued an urgent plea to the Trump administration: start taking the national deficit seriously or else the nation could slip into irrevocable fiscal failure down the line.

In a revealing conversation on this week’s OppCast, Lankford lamented that the national debt was almost entirely absent as a talking point during the whole of the presidential campaign.

Victor Davis Hanson explores the factors that led to widespread defeats for Democrats in 2016 — and warns of trends within the party that may prevent it from commanding electoral majorities anytime soon.

Richard Epstein looks at recent setbacks to Obamacare — including the implosion of state exchanges — and describes what Congressional Republicans can do to reform the system without compounding uncertainty.

Is this really the “Asian Century”? Many have conjectured yes, that China and the Far East as a whole could overtake America, in military might and economic power, if not in global cultural influence. But how realistic is that? Michael Auslin argues in The End of the Asian Century we should be less sure what is in store.   

Michael Auslin is a resident scholar and the director of Japan Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he specializes in Asian regional security and political issues.

Ricochet Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel and Heatstreet’s Stephen Miller discuss Trump canning Michael Flynn, CNN banning Kellyanne Conway, and the media’s damning of themselves. (Not to mention Stephen’s love affair with a North Korean assassin.)

Our intro and outro music is “Throwing Knives” by Video Age. Jon’s song of the week is “Motor Away” by Guided by Voices and Stephen’s is “Endless Sleeper” by The Raveonettes. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our brand-spanking-new Spotify playlist for 2017! You should also subscribe to this podcast and give it five-star, glowing reviews on iTunes!

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enthusiastically welcome a liberal threat to launch primary challenges to Democratic senators in 2018 for being too nice to Donald Trump.  They also slam Republicans John McCain and Susan Collins for voting against very solid conservative nominees.  And we react to the mainstream media temper tantrum after not getting to ask questions at some of Pres. Trump’s press conferences.

On the second Commentary podcast of the week, Abe Greenwald, Noah Rothman, and John Podhoretz dilate upon Donald Trump’s seeming revolution in the U.S. posture toward the Israelis and the Palestinians while asking this question: Does the president actually know what the “one-state” or “two-state” solution is?

They also point out that just as paranoids have enemies, Trump has reason to believe he is under attack from inside his own executive branch—but that his response may hurt him and not help. Also, like Jack Benny and Fred Allen’s radio shows of old, we have a sponsor! Give a listen.

What is Barack Obama’s legacy? Did he have accomplishments historians will reflect on 30-40 years from now? Jonah Goldberg from National Review joined Neal and Jay to talk about President Obama’s legacy, from domestic policy and national defense to foreign policy and national security. And of course, more importantly, Jonah weighs in on the important question: Can Tom Hardy play James Bond?

Dating in the modern world is so confusing—Elisha, Lyndsey, and Amelia talk about their worst Valentine’s Days and Lyndsey makes an embarrassing confession.

Host Teri Christoph welcomes Suzanne Venker, author of the new book, The Alpha Female’s Guide to Men & Marriage: How Love Works. Suzanne discusses what makes a woman an alpha female, what alpha women need to do to have a happy relationship, and whether or not the word “feminism” is worth reclaiming. Men, you’ll want to listen to this one!

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to the IRS reportedly ignoring whether taxpayers failed to purchase health insurance in 2016.  They also discuss the latest revelations surrounding Mike Flynn and the leaking to the media by career national security personnel.  And they discuss the early speculation that Kid Rock may be recruited to run for U.S. Senate in Michigan.

Goldberg sees Hamilton (the dinner theater production currently playing in Chicago), a treatise on WhatAboutism, and GLoP Oscar picks.

Robert Poole (Reason Foundation) joins Aaron Renn on the ​City Journal podcast to discuss the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The Port Authority was originally founded to manage the region’s transportation infrastructure, but the agency has long been plagued by politicized decision making, money-losing facilities, and declining financial viability.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss why the problems surrounding former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn should have been seen long ago and avoided.  They also discuss former Dem Sen. Jim Webb ripping Democrats for having no message and catering to identity politics instead of appealing to the working class.  And they react to Elon Musk’s prediction that we all have to become cyborgs or else risk being irrelevant due to the major advances in artificial intelligence.

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for February 14, 2017 it’s the Stephen Miller, Be Our Valentine edition of the podcast. We are brought to you this week by Harry’s Shave. Two comments: (1) you’ve heard about it, you’ve thought about it, get it now you *will* love it, (2) use the URL harrys.com/Harvard. We are also brought to you by Casper mattresses: with over twenty thousand reviews and over 4.8 out of 5 stars, it is quickly becoming the internet’s favorite mattress. And we are brought to you by The Great Courses Plus. They have over 8,000 video lectures on a wide assortment of topics. Learn something new today.

This week on the podcast we discuss the poster child for amnesty, the golden nugget sympathy case for open borders, Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos. De Rayos, or as we think of her, mother Guady, has been deported. She is a mother of two American-born children (i.e. anchor babies). She has been in America for 22 years. She came here as a 14 year old looking for a better life. She is doing what she is doing “out of love.” (Where have we heard *that* before??). And she only committed one, almost insignificant felony (identity theft) and she’s reaaaalllly sorry about that. The elitist media Cannot Conceive of why anyone would want the law to be enforced and mother Guady forced to leave. The reaction of the average deplorable is, however, “it’s about time.”

With a new administration, we have reason to hope that the welfare state may change, morph, make it more simple for us to serve the impoverished and truly marginalized, rather than stay looking like this mess. What is promising, and what is old news?

Robert Doar is the Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he focuses on the employment, health, and well-being of low-income Americans and their children.

In this week’s first podcast, Noah Rothman, Abe Greenwald, and John Podhoretz discuss the attempted defenestration of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn—and whether we should all be scared by the clear line-crossing leaks of the intelligence community.

Then they go on to discuss whether immigration hardliners have reason to be angry with the Trump White House for botching the executive order, and other fun stuff. Give a listen.